Thursday, September 23, 2010
Cubs' GM interviews Ryne Sandberg
By Bruce Levine
Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry was busy Tuesday and Wednesday interviewing Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg in Scottsdale, Ariz. for the managerial job.
"I had a good day and a half with Ryno," Hendry said. "Dinner on Tuesday night, then we met for three or four hours yesterday.
"It was good. The process is continuing the way I said it would."
Sandberg is the second known person to have interviewed with the Cubs at this point. Hendry interviewed former Cleveland Indians manager Eric Wedge in August.
The Cubs GM previously had informal discussions and dinner with Sandberg in Albuquerque, N.M. as Sandberg's Triple-A Iowa Cubs were ending their season.
A Fox Sports reporter tweeted on Wednesday that the Toronto Blue Jays have Sandberg on their list for prospective manager interviews. A league source said no team has asked the Cubs for permission to talk to Sandberg.
Hendry's process for hiring a manager will continue through at least mid-October, when he takes his final choice or choices to chairman of the board Tom Ricketts for approval. Among Hendry's confidants in hiring a new manager are special assistant Greg Maddux, assistant GM Randy Bush and scouts Ken Kravec and Gary Hughes.
Hendry responded to new Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers saying he would like to add Maddux to his staff.
"Greg's intent is to stay with the Cubs and do what he's doing now," Hendry said. "And I'm sure we'll have some more expansive duties for him. I've had numerous conversations with him since Lou [Piniella] left, including the managerial process."
Hendry also will talk to former Seattle Mariners manager Bob Melvin; Cubs broadcaster Bob Brenly; former Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu and Cubs interim manager Mike Quade, who has impressed Hendry and his staff with the way he's handled the team since taking over from the retired Lou Piniella.
Bruce Levine covers baseball for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.